What Causes Clogged Drains and What the city of Abiline is doing About it

Fat, oil and grease build up. Yuck! Source: How to naturally clean a clogged drain on Brendid.com

A few days ago on May 31st, 2017, KBRC ran a story about the city of Abilene. The story is about how the city is fighting a bad plumbing habit: putting grease and other oils down your pipes. The article says:

“Basically what people don’t realize is that every drain in your house all goes to the same sewer. So if it was going down the sink or going down the toilet, it all goes to the same place,” said FOG manager Kelley Waller.

Specifically fats, oils, grease, and debris all go to the same pipes and sometimes get stuck there.

“What we’re trying to do is spread the word not to put grease into your pipes. Once it gets in there, it’s very difficult to remove it and it builds up and clogs up the pipes,” said Waller.

In just 2017, the city has seen a number of plumbing issues.

“We’ve had 20 over flows and 16 of them have been related to grease,” said Waller.

And grease isn’t the only problem. So called flushable wipes are also getting stuck in pipes.

“Those are turning out to not dissolve in the sewer system like they are supposed to and they’re giving the grease something to cling to,” said Waller.

Source: City Fights Plumbing Problem with Grease Disposal Education

The city of Abilene, Texas is right. It can save homeowner’s money and time if they’ll develop good plumbing habits.

What clogs drains?

Every single pipe in your house ends up going to the same place — the sewer. Although you might not see a clogged sewer pipe in your own home, the bilge can back up into sink, toilet, and elsewhere. The most common causes of build up are items that do not break down easily, these include:

  • paper towels
  • wipes
  • toys. Yes our plumbers have seen small toys put down pipes. Please don’t do this!
  • tampons
  • cigarettes
  • food
  • cat litter
  • candle wax
  • cooking grease

What to do about clogged drains?

When you have clogged drains, the first thing to do is remember how annoying it is.

You don’t have to experience clogged drains ever again! Learn a few simple good habits for keeping your drains clean. With the pain of dealing with your clogged drains fresh in your mind – and likely offering a gross visual – you can develop your new good habits with gusto.

The most important tip: do not to put anything down your drain that will clog it. Dispose of any of the items listed above in the trash. For cooking grease, keep an extra glass jar near your kitchen stove. When you have a pan full of grease, instead of pouring it down the drain, pour it into the jar and put the jar in the trash. Another option: keep extra used aluminum cans near the stove as well. These are great for pouring out extra grease and then placing in the trash.

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